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Patient returns to GHS just to say thank you

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Patient returns to GHS to say thank you. (Source: GHS) Patient returns to GHS to say thank you. (Source: GHS)
Tyler Gallagher returns to GHS to say thank you. (Source GHS) Tyler Gallagher returns to GHS to say thank you. (Source GHS)
Tyler Gallagher returns to GHS to say thank you. (Source GHS) Tyler Gallagher returns to GHS to say thank you. (Source GHS)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A 25-year-old patient returned to Greenville Health System to thank the many people and organizations that helped save his life and give him what he called the best Thanksgiving ever.

“I just wanted to look at them and tell them – you guys are the reason I’m up and walking around today.” Tyler Gallagher said. “My doctor in Greensboro told me my bones couldn’t have healed any better if God himself had done the surgeries.”

According to GHS, Gallagher was run over by a 30,000-pound truck in a work accident. The accident crushed his pelvic region, breaking bones and causing massive internal injuries and bleeding so bad he said he could see his legs swelling up like water balloons.

They stated that first responders with the Fountain Inn Department and Greenville County EMS arrived at the scene within three minutes, assessed the situation and immediately requested that the GHS MedTrans helicopter be dispatched. The helicopter then arrived within six minutes.

According to GHS, GHS Med Trans is one of fewer than 5 percent of medical helicopters in the nation approved to carry blood.

“People say you’re going to be okay, that everything’s going to fine, but I knew how bad I was hurt,” said Gallagher. “And then that helicopter landed, I thought I might still be saved. But it also scared me.”

GHS said Gallagher still recalls how thankful he was for the motherly passerby who cradled his head and kept reassuring that help was on the road. They said he remembers how hot it was laying on the concrete and how a paramedic gave him his own sunglasses to make him feel comfortable.

GHS stated that Gallagher was hospitalized at GHS for approximately one month, undergoing four major operations and multiple procedures. They said that back home in NC, he’s continuing to do physical therapy several times a week.

“Even if a family member is leaving the house for only a few minutes, I tell them that I love them. Life is short. Once you know that – I mean, really know that – it puts a whole new view on the way you look at life.” Gallagher said. 

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